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Basics Critics:70Viewers:75Rusty:79
Category: Crime, DramaNotable as: Crime Fiction, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Crime Fiction, War film, Crime Thriller, Historical period drama, Biographical film, Crime Drama, Gangster Film, True crime, DramaMain subject: organized crime, Vietnam WarNarrative location: New York City, New JerseyRuntime: 156 - 176 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Long Island, ThailandDirector: Ridley ScottScreenwriter: Steven ZaillianBased on: Mark JacobsonMusic: Marc StreitenfeldCinematography: Harris SavidesStars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Lymari Nadal, Ted Levine, Roger Guenveur Smith, John Hawkes, RZA, Yul Vazquez Producer: Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Nicholas PileggiStudio: Imagine Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Relativity MediaAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Production Design (Arthur Max)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Ruby Dee)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steve Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a gangster from La Grange, North Carolina who smuggled heroin into the United States on American service planes returning from the Vietnam War before being detained by a task force led by detective Richie Roberts. The film stars Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in their first lead acting roles together since 1995's Virtuosity. The film also co-stars Ted Levine, John Ortiz, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Ruby Dee, Lymari Nadal and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Development for the film initially began in 2000, when Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment purchased the rights to a New York magazine story about the rise and fall of Lucas. Two years later, screenwriter Steven Zaillian introduced a 170-page scriptment to Scott. Original production plans were to commence in Toronto for budget purposes; however, production eventually relocated permanently to New York City. Because of the film's rising budget Universal canceled production in 2004.

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